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09 May 2023 | in CUSF News

University of Ghana Legon quartet gains scholarships in the USA



The University of Ghana Legon 4 x 100m Relay Team made history by setting a new standard in African sports. The team's outstanding performance at last June’s 2022 FASU (Federation of Africa University Sports) Games in Nairobi, Kenya, saw them win the gold medal with a record time of 39.38 seconds, making them one of the fastest relay teams on the continent.


What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that all four members of the team have relocated to the United States to continue their education while still competing in track and field. James Dadzie, Solomon Kweku Hammond, Isaac Botsio, and Saminu Abdul Rasheed have all taken up opportunities to further their studies while also honing their athletic abilities in some of the best facilities in the world.


James Dadzie is now studying at Western Texas College, while Solomon Kweku Hammond has joined Coppin State University. Isaac Botsio is enrolled at West Texas University, and Saminu Abdul Rasheed is pursuing his studies at Florida Memorial University.


It is not uncommon for universities and colleges to offer scholarships to talented athletes who demonstrate exceptional skills in their respective sports. The University of Ghana Legon 4 x 100m Relay Team's decision to relocate to the US is a testament to their determination to pursue their academic goals while still competing at the highest level of their sport. It also underscores the critical role that universities and colleges play in nurturing and developing talent in the sports world.


The success of the University of Ghana Legon 4 x 100m Relay Team at the 2022 FASU Games is proof that with the right support and resources, African athletes can compete and excel on the world stage. The team's achievement is a source of inspiration to many young people across the continent who aspire to pursue their dreams in sports and education.


The President of the Ghana University Sports Association, Dr. Ibrahim Tanko, praised the exceptional athletes and wished them success in their respective schools. He acknowledged their hard work and dedication, which was evident in their gold medal win at the FASU Games.


"I am very impressed by these athletes," said Dr. Ibrahim Tanko, President of the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA). "They showed how well they have been training when they won the gold medal at the FASU Games, and I am not surprised they have been scouted. This is a great opportunity for the students to develop themselves, and while I'm sure their university will miss them, this is very good for the future of Ghana athletics." Dr. Tanko also announced that GUSA is preparing its athletes for the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, and a trial will be held on 13 May 2023, at the Paa Joe Sports Stadium in Kumasi, to select the best athletes for the FISU Games.


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